City of Ocala to award $24,000, seeking entrants for Outdoor Sculpture Competition

The City of Ocala will award $24,000 to the winners of the fifth Ocala Outdoor Sculpture Competition and is seeking entrants to the competition, which is open to artists currently working and residing in North America with experience in large outdoor public art.

Each artist selected for the exhibition will receive a $2,000 honorarium. Merit Juror Ife Williams will select Best of Show, Second Place, and Honorable Mention. Williams is an artist and the Executive Director for the Hudgens Center for the Arts. Selection in these categories will include the following cash prizes: 

  • Best of Show – $2,000 cash prize
  • Second Place – $1,000 cash prize
  • Honorable Mention – $500 cash prize
  • People’s Choice – $500 cash prize

Ten jury-selected sculptures will be installed at Tuscawilla Park in January 2020 and will be on display until January 2022. The Ocala Outdoor Sculpture Competition is accompanied by a scavenger hunt, catalogue, and an online/mobile device tour.

The public is invited to attend two special events to welcome the sculptures to Ocala. Beginning of Bolted Art, a cocktail preview party and exclusive tour, will take place Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. The Tuscawilla Park Sculpture Stroll, a free community event, will take place Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. This family-friendly event will include tours, live entertainment, free art activities and the chance to cast a vote for a sculpture to win the People’s Choice Award. The start times for both events will be announced in the coming months.

“The Ocala Outdoor Sculpture Competition continues to support the City’s efforts to further the cultural arts in our community and reinvestment at Tuscawilla Park,” said Laura Walker, City of Ocala Cultural Arts and Sciences Division Head. “Public art is an essential part of our community, encouraging engagement and investment in Ocala. The economic impact of culture and arts in our community is $3 for every $1 spent. It increases educational attainment and provides a solid foundation for self-expression.”

For submission guidelines, please visit www.ocalafl.org/sculpture. Entries must be postmarked no later than Aug. 30, 2019. For more information, contact the City of Ocala Cultural Arts Office at 352-629-8447 orsculpture@ocalafl.org.

Sculptures that have remained in Ocala since the Ocala Outdoor Sculpture Competitions began: 

  • Childhood Memories, by Ocala artist Mike Zeak, was purchased in 2014 by the Appleton Museum of Art and is on display at the museum’s outdoor sculpture garden.
  • Florada, by Ocala artist John Gamache, was purchased by the Appleton Museum of Art and is now on display at the museum’s outdoor sculpture garden.
  • Chromatic Tower, by Miami, Florida artist Cecilia Lueza was purchased by the City of Ocala in 2017. The sculpture is currently on display at Citizens’ Circle.
  • TriBio by Bluffton, Ohio artist Judith Greavu was purchased by the City in 2018 after being in the 2016-17 exhibition.
  • Lofted, by Ocala artist John Gamache, was purchased by Fine Arts for Ocala in 2014, then donated to the City of Ocala for permanent display at Tuscawilla Park.
  • Field Grass by Quarryville, Pennsylvania artist, Amedeo Salamoni was donated to the City by the artist in 2017 following the 2016-2017 exhibition.
  • Marie and Jean, by Canadian artist Amel Chamandy, was donated to the City of Ocala by the artist in 2014 and is currently on display at the Tuscawilla Art Park as a public art teaching tool.
  • Under the Sea, by Harry McDaniel of Asheville, NC, was purchased by the City of Ocala in 2015 and is currently on display at the College of Central Florida’s Hampton Center. 
  • Crest of the Wave, by Atlanta, Georgia artist Corrina Sephora was purchased in 2016 by the David and Lisa Midgett Foundation and donated to the City of Ocala. The sculpture is currently on display at Tuscawilla Park.

For more information, please contact Pamela Zeljak, City of Ocala Cultural Arts Supervisor, at 352-629-8447 or pzeljak@ocalafl.org.

 

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